The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Political Science - 816 pages
The study of political institutions is among the founding pillars of political science. With the rise of the 'new institutionalism', the study of institutions has returned to its place in the sun. This volume provides a comprehensive survey of where we are in the study of political institutions, covering both the traditional concerns of political science with constitutions, federalism and bureaucracy and more recent interest in theory and the constructed nature of institutions. The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions draws together a galaxy of distinguished contributors drawn from leading universities across the world.
 

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Contents

Elaborating the New Institutionalism
3
Rational Choice Institutionalism
23
Historical Institutionalism
39
Constructivist Institutionalism
56
Network Institutionalism
75
Old Institutionalisms
90
The State and Statebuilding
111
Development of Civil Society
131
The Regulatory State?
407
Legislative Organization
431
Comparative Legislative Behavior
455
Bicameralism
474
Comparative Local Governance
495
Judicial Institutions
514
The Judicial Process and Public Policy
535
Political Parties In and Out of Legislatures
555

This
157
Exclusion Inclusion and Political Institutions
163
Analyzing Constitutions
191
Comparative Constitutions
217
American Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
239
Comparative Federalism
261
Territorial Institutions
281
ExecutivesThe American Presidency
303
Executives in Parliamentary Government
323
Comparative ExecutiveLegislative Relations
344
Public Bureaucracies
366
The Welfare State
385
Electoral Systems
577
Direct Democracy
595
International Political Institutions
611
Rules Tools Schools
633
International Economic Institutions
654
International NGOs
673
Encounters with Modernity
693
About Institutions Mainly but not Exclusively Political
716
Thinking Institutionally
731
Political InstitutionsOld and New
743
Index
759
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R. A. W. Rhodes is Director of the Research School of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Australian National University.

Sarah A. Binder is Professor of Political Science at George Washington University.

Bert A. Rockman is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department at Purdue University.